Call for fellows

Open calls for fellows

CRI Research opens group leader positions to join our Collaborary! ​

We seek candidates at different career stages, from postdoctoral young investigators to tenured scientists. We are recruiting three types of Research fellows, differing in their profiles and lengths of stay. 

The call for short-term fellows is open continuously, with the next evaluation starting 1. 12. 2019.

Next call for Long-term and Core fellows will be published in December 2019 and will focus on Open AI. Stay tuned!

We currently call for candidates with interests in any of the focal points of the CRI: Open health – from data-rich research to development of frugal software and hardware, Open learning – from understanding learning to human-machine paradigms, Open synthetic and systems biology – from foundational understanding of living systems to open biotech and open pharma and health solutions, Open AI – Understanding and shaping current digital transition in context of learning, health and/or coevolution of intelligences (human & machine, individuals and collectives), Open phronesis – tackling contemporary ethical challenges at interfaces of Life, Digital and Learning Sciences, will be considered as well.

Profiles sought

We are looking for scientists who thrive in dynamic environments, are inspired and motivated by daily interactions with diverse peers, work best in teams and comfortably mix disciplines, rearranging, straddling field boundaries and wish to explore uncharted domains. We expect that our fellows will complement current competencies of the CRI and spark collaborative projects that go beyond the CRI community. Around  20% of the fellows’ time will be contributed to cross-CRI activities (research collaborations, teaching, mentorship). We encourage projects and methodologies that can be successfully piloted here but eventually forked, reused, and remixed by others, outside of CRI.

Knowing that the research world is overwhelmingly white, male and old, CRI wants to rebalance that and reflect the composition of the world we live in. We wish to welcome everybody! At CRI, we believe diversity drives innovation. We’re passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values this statement which is an integral part of our history, philosophy, and identity. We’re building a safe place where difference is valued and welcomed. 


The Collaboratory is the research arm of the CRI, and while here the fellows will benefit from facilities that besides a wet lab include a state-of-the-art maker-space, game and digital labs, as well as support for virtual reality and MOOC/online content development. Additionally, we have a >350 strong international students community,  at CRI to pursue undergraduate, master and PhD-level studies.  

Depending on the type of fellowship (see details within the calls), competitive personal stipend will be complemented by project running cost and research funds for PhDs and/or postdocs affiliated to the project.

Besides infrastructure, our collaborative academic ambience promotes and enables collaboration across disciplines and among researchers, students, faculty and members of the public.


Open Science Guidelines

We encourage candidates to follow 10 simple precepts to foster successful research in an open, ethical, rigorous and collaborative manner that were put forth in a recent international workshop at CRI. While workshop’s focus was Open Health, guidelines are useful for to Open Science at large.

Integrate ethical principles
Involve non-scientists
Clarify roles and rewards
Replicate prior work
Make research reproducible
Document everything
Publish and present accessibly
Emphasize research significance
Advocate open principles
Take calculated risks

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Fellows will be affiliated with our INSERM U1284 which is a mixed research unit between INSERM and University of Paris (University Paris Descartes)

Few individual studios may be available for fellows under 30 years old. However, we can make some recommendations and facilitate your search.

Generally, we have:
On the Biology side: a fully equipped microbiology, and molecular biology lab, with FACS, liquid-handling TECAN robot, multiple fluorescence microscopes, and microfluidics setup for bacterial cultures.
On MakerSpace side: several 3D printers, laser cutters, basic mechanical tools.

The full list would be too long (and also constantly growing/changing), so it would be best to just send us an email and ask for any specifics! We strongly encourage collaborations with local Paris labs who may have the equipment you need. Also, you can certainly use your research money to purchase any additional equipment and we may be able to contribute if the equipment would be generally useful for multiple projects at CRI Research.

Our community is extremely dynamic. At present, we have 30 team leaders, PhD students, postdocs, associated researchers and staff. The goal is for this number to gradually grow to about 50 people by late 2020. See more about our people in CRI Research on our Team page

There are several resources you could use to find this information. The first one is the overall CRI Research Team page. We are also putting together a list of labs that we already have a relationship with and who are specifically interested in collaborating with the future fellows. You can find that list here.

You may use your research budget for: lab or other research consumables and services, publication cost, conference travel, small equipment. You can pay for off-site services (e.g. sequencing, cluster use), but not for off-site stipends or outstanding expenses (e.g. PhD student working entirely elsewhere, buying equipment for a collaborating institution). This list is not comprehensive, and specific allocations will be considered on case-by-case basis.

Fellows could decide to use it for additional personnel (interns, PhD students, post-dosc, or technicians), but this is not the primary purpose since: (1) it would potentially consume the majority of your funds, and (2) there are other funds specifically earmarked for these purposes. Namely, each Long-term and Core Fellow may receive funds for up to 1 post-doc, 2 PhD students and 2 interns (3-month Master or Undergraduate student internships). The PhD Students should be recruited via the FDV Doctoral program.

No. However, we expect you will be actively involved in mentoring students at all levels. We also encourage you to do occasional teaching in undergraduate, master or PhD courses, and generally be involved in CRI’s education and outreach activities.

Long-term and short-term fellow receive a monthly stipend (salary), proportional to their past research experience. Core Fellows do not. 

Fellows can certainly collaborate with external labs but their primary scientific residence should be at CRI. 

Yes. We are looking for scientists who are able to demonstrate they can conduct research independently. Exceptions can be made for people who have extensive research experience but no formal degree. However, Fellow positions are not meant to be PhD scholarship and you cannot be pursuing your PhD degree in parallel.